Four California men allegedly molested as boys by a priest have settled their lawsuit against the Los Angeles Archdiocese and Cardinal Roger Mahony for almost $10 million, their attorneys said Tuesday.
The priest, no longer in the clergy, abused the boys on several occasions dating back to the 1970s, including during overnight trips to San Diego and Riverside counties, the attorneys said.
The archdiocese's attorney, J. Michael Hennigan, confirmed the $9.9 million settlement with the four men.FULL STORY
Two former guests have filed suit against the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, where the body of a 21-year-old woman was found in mid-February in a rooftop water tank.
Steve and Gloria Cott filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Elisa Lam's decomposing body floated inside a water tank for as long as 19 days while guests used water from it to brushed their teeth, bathe and drink.
The hotel did not immediately return a call seeking comment.FULL STORY
Ammar Asim Faruq Harris, 26, the suspect in a shooting and crash that left three people dead last week in Las Vegas, has been arrested in Los Angeles, the FBI said Thursday.
FBI spokeswoman Lourdes Arocho said Harris was apprehended by the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department Fugitive Task Force at noon (3 p.m. ET) in the North Hollywood section of the city.
Harris, who police said has an extensive criminal history, was considered armed and dangerous.FULL STORY
As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."
After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."FULL STORY
They were about to leave their homes for vacation, and the burglars knew it.
What started as a simple request to stop newspaper delivery turned into an invitation for a troupe of burglars, who ransacked at least 25 Los Angeles-area homes to the tune of $1 million over a period of three years, authorities said.
Armed with stolen lists of vacationing subscribers, the team stole computers, jewelry, musical instruments and even collectible swords, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.FULL STORY
[Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET] The Los Angeles Lakers' 0-8 preseason and 1-4 start to the regular season were too much for the front office to take.
The NBA team on Friday fired second-year head coach Mike Brown, whose efforts to implement a new offense and mesh free-agent signings with stars who won a title two years ago didn't turn into wins.
"Really, it came down to ownership and management looking at the record, looking at the improvement level, and wondering a month or two or three down the road, will we be in the same spot," General Manager Mitch Kupchak told reporters.
U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman is accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband in their home with a coffee mug. A hearing today in Los Angeles will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
The 70-year-old line judge was arrested in August in New York while preparing for the U.S. Open tournament and charged with the killing, which occurred in California in April.
Alan Goodman was beaten with a coffee mug then stabbed to death with its broken shards.
His wife's lawyer and supporters dispute the charges on a Facebook page dedicated to her defense.
The tragic Inglewood shooting took another awful turn early Sunday morning when police said they found a body in the burned house of the suspect Desmond Moses.
Moses is wanted for opening fire on a family in Inglewood, California, before dawn Saturday.
The shooting spree killed a father who acted as a shield to protect his kids.
It also killed one of the children the man was trying to protect: a 4-year-old boy shot in the head.
Two other kids were wounded: a 6-year-old boy in the pelvis and a 7-year-old girl in the chest. Their mother was also wounded, shot in the legs.
Police are on the hunt for the gunman who lived in a house in the back of the property.
That house had been set afire, allegedly by the gunman. And it was in that residence that police found the body, which has not been identified.
Police did not release additional details of the latest find beyond this tweet
IPD and LA County Fire personnel located a body in the burned house of murder suspect Desmond Moses.The body has not been identified.
— Inglewood Police (@Inglewood_PD) October 21, 2012
Pop star Justin Bieber was cited for speeding on a Southern California freeway Friday after a trying to evade paparazzi in a high-speed chase, according to news reports from Los Angeles.
L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, a former police officer, told CNN affiliate KABC-TV that he witnessed the incident on the South 101 Freeway in Studio City and reported it to the California Highway Patrol.
He said Bieber was traveling at about 100 mph in his Fisker Karma hybrid.
"It was like a rocket ship coming by, I'm not exaggerating when I say that," KABC quoted Zine as saying. "When it passed me, it had to be going close to 100 mph."
Zine told the Los Angeles Times that the chase between Bieber and the paparazzi spread across the freeway and even on to the shoulder.
"It was like slot cars, they were going so fast," the Times quoted Zine as saying. "It was a very dangerous driving situation. I figured someone was going to crash, so I called 911."
CHP spokesman Saul Gomez told Reuters that Bieber was cited for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone.
The battleship USS Iowa was at anchor off the coast of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, completing a four-day journey south from San Francisco.
The World War II-era ship will become a museum and tourist attraction in San Pedro, with a grand opening planned for July 7.
The Iowa had spent more than a decade docked in the Port of Richmond near San Francisco before being towed down the California coast.
It will be operated as a museum by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center.
The group's Facebook page said Wednesday that the ship will undergo a complete cleaning of its hull while anchored off Los Angeles and then be towed to a temporary berth in port Saturday.
Decades after transporting President Franklin Roosevelt across the Atlantic and fending off kamikazes in the Pacific during World War II, the USS Iowa passed Saturday under the Golden Gate Bridge en route to its final home and duty as a living museum.
Fireboats shot water into the air to salute the battleship around 3 p.m. Saturday, as it was towed through San Francisco Bay and into the Pacific Ocean. Scores of people watched from nearby - some on ferries, others from onshore and on the iconic bridge - under blue skies dotted with puffs of clouds.
The USS Iowa fired nearly 12,000 rounds over its more than 50 years in service for the U.S. Navy before being decommissioned for a third and final time in 1990.
After more than a decade docked in the Port of Richmond near San Francisco, the ship is heading south to the Port of Los Angeles in the care of the Pacific Battleship Center, which plans to transform the ship into a museum by July, according to the nonprofit group's website.
Two groups in Los Angeles just can’t seem to get together on a day of solidarity.
For more than a decade, May 1 – which is the labor movement's International Workers' Day, or May Day – has been about immigration in Los Angeles. Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, said for many years people in the United States didn't celebrate the day, but CHIRLA has tried to change that in Southern California.
“[It’s] a major day of mobilization. All around the world people mobilize en mass," Salas said. “And we’re very proud to have brought back to the United States the engagement of May 1.”
(Click the audio player to hear more on this story from CNN Radio's Jim Roope)
This year, however, immigration will share the day with the Occupy protesters. Nationwide, Occupy organizers are calling for large-scale demonstrations across the country on International Workers' Day, which is Tuesday.
Salas says CHIRLA and other immigrant-rights groups have tried to get together with the Occupy movement for the day. But Michael Novick, an organizer for Occupy Los Angeles, says the two sides just couldn’t “gel.”
Dr.Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. He gave us stories like "The Lorax," "The Cat in the Hat" and much more. Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote books for all ages, with whimsical characters, rhyming and new phrases. Between a Grinch who stole Christmas, Sneetches and Thneeds, Dr. Seuss had an impact that all generations can see. So whether its "Green Eggs and Ham" or "Horton Hears a Who" we want to wish a very happy 108th birthday to you!
TheTruffula trees come to life and roam free in this sneak peak of ‘The Lorax’ that’s playing in 3D.
One man found a collection of Dr. Seuss stories that are new. It’s amazing what a bit of sleuthing can do.
In 2004 you didn’t have to look far. Dr. Seuss finally got his Hollywood star.
You can also check out our education blog to learn about Read Across America Day, which takes place today.
A Los Angeles elementary school teacher allegedly took bondage photos of more than two dozen students in his classroom, including some with suspected semen-filled spoons at their mouths, investigators said Tuesday.
The young students were told they were playing a game and that swallowing the semen, which they believed was liquid candy, was part of that game, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott told CNN Tuesday.
Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested on child molestation charges at his Torrance, California, home Monday and is being held pending $2.3 million bond in a Los Angeles County jail, according to Sheriff's Lt. Carlos Marquez.FULL STORY
A German man arrested in Los Angeles early Monday after a string of 52 fires - mostly in parked cars - was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson, prosecutors said.
Harry Burkhart, 24, was due to appear in a Los Angeles court Wednesday in connection with one of the worst arson sprees in the city's history.
"After reviewing the available evidence, we filed 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure," Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. "The current charges relate to arson fires at 12 locations in Hollywood, West Hollywood and Sherman Oaks between December 30 and January 2."
No one was hurt in the fires, but property damage costs are likely to reach $3 million, authorities said. Burkhart is also under investigation for arson and fraud in his home country, a prosecution official in Germany said.FULL STORY
Hundreds of Los Angeles police officers dismantled tents and arrested protesters who had camped out on the City Hall lawn for two months.
Police moved in at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (3:30 a.m. ET). About an hour later, the park was cleared and closed for cleanup
Officers took several protesters into custody, but authorities did not immediately provide an exact figure.
"It's gone fairly peacefully," police spokeswoman Mitzie Grasso said.
During the raid, more than a dozen protesters sat in a tight circle in the middle of the park with their arms linked. Some cried. Some wore masks.
Officers in riot gear and armed with batons closed off streets around City Hall. They used bullhorns to warn the scores of agitated Occupy LA protesters to disperse.
"This has been declared to be an unlawful assembly. You have seven minutes to gather your belongings and decide to leave," one officer said.
A white police truck drove through the center of the park, announcing orders to disperse in English and Spanish.
Some campers left willingly. One carried a skateboard under one arm and what looked like a rolled-up sleeping bag in the other.
Officers were met with profanity but no violence.
"This is what a police state looks like!" some of the protesters chanted.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the police action was "a measured approach to enforcing the park closure."
On Sunday, he gave the group a 12:01 a.m. Monday deadline to take down their camp, saying "an encampment on City Hall grounds is simply not sustainable indefinitely."FULL STORY
The madness of Black Friday is behind us. Despite an increase in sales it was a day marred by violence at several stores. As we enter Cyber Monday, bargain hunters will be able to take advantage of sales online instead of having to risk hand-to-hand combat in the aisles. While you browse the Web for deals, take a look at some of the craziest moments from Black Friday, from shoppers rioting over a waffle iron or going to great lengths to get a spot in line.
Woman pepper-sprays shoppers - Police say a woman pepper-sprayed fellow customers on Black Friday to make sure she got a hold of a deal at a Los Angeles Wal-Mart. The woman then proceeded to pay for her items and leave before police arrived.
The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread across the globe has many personalities. In Los Angeles, it has the feel and sights of the 1960s.
Hundreds of tightly packed tents are on all sides of City Hall. Young people have feathers and flowers in their hair.
But this Internet-generation protest has a contemporary message, as articulated by protester Billy Singhas.
“Sovereignty,” Singhas said of what protesters are demanding. "We as Americans have gathered here to petition our government, and we would like to see an immediate return to the United States Constitution."
“We are trying to get at least 34 governors to call for a constitutional convention to put the power back in the hands of the 99%,” he said, referring to the assertion of Occupy protesters that the nation's wealthiest 1% holds inordinate sway over the remaining 99% of the population.
There are other causes being championed at the Occupy Los Angeles camp.
“Free the weeds!” shouted 22-year-old film student and musician Jason Zimmermann. “I’m here to support the legalization of marijuana."
Zimmermann also supports the Occupy movement, but he and some like-minded marijuana supporters play music and try to gather more support for their cause while smoking marijuana. Zimmermann said that no one hassles him.
“Yeah, it’s a wonderful thing. My bong is just sitting there,” he said.
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About 200 protesters gathered outside the annual News Corp. stockholder meeting in Los Angeles on Friday, some objecting to boss Rupert Murdoch’s handling of his news groups, and others – in the vein of Occupy Wall Street protests – decrying what they describe as corporate greed.
Protesters gathered at the entrance to the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot, hoping to catch the attention of the Murdoch family and News Corp. shareholders, who were meeting at the Darryl Zanuck Theater.
The protesters represented various groups – some wanting Murdoch, who is News Corp.’s chief executive and chairman, and the shareholders to "share" some of their wealth. Though they didn’t identify themselves as Occupy Wall Street protesters, their messages were similar to those heard at nationwide Occupy rallies, where people assert that the nation's wealthiest 1% hold inordinate sway over the remaining 99% of the population.
A 25-year-old protester, identifying herself only as Ashley, said she was there because the company represents money and power, which she believes can be used to help others.
"We want the funds to go back into our community to create good jobs," she said. "When you have a lot of money, you can do what you want with it."
It's a day that music fans around the world will remember. On June 25, 2009, legendary pop icon Michael Jackson died. The 50-year-old "King of Pop" suffered cardiac arrest at his residence and died hours later. There is no doubt Jackson had a profound influence on the music industry. His show-stopping dance moves and best-selling albums made him one of the most popular artists of all time. In honor of Michael Jackson's memory we at Gotta Watch put together some videos from the day Michael Jackson died.